Host Joe Hren sat down with Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan with an update on the embezzlement aftermath at city hall and plans for the downtown certified technology park.
Listen to their full conversation above. Here are some highlights:
Hren: Is there anything new to report on changes made at city hall in the aftermath of the city employee embezzlement scheme?
Kruzan: Yes, quite a few things have already been done, some things were already in process and will be coming to the city council soon to talk about all the things that have been changed. Some things will require city council action to institute.
Hren: Major changes downtown Bloomington, one being the progress on the certified technology park, what does that term mean?
Kruzan: It’s a designation issued by the state of Indiana, but it’s a bit of a misnomer for us because we own 12 acres and only a part of that will be dedicated to technology. There will be commercial, residential and retail – really a 12 acre addition to our downtown. But it allows for tax capture that we can re-invest to try to locate technology based companies in the area.
Hren: Is there a demand for a tech park in Bloomington?
Kruzan: Yes, there have been some local businesses that have expressed interest in the historic buildings that exist in the 12 acre parcel. The university had four, I believe, investors that made some proposals for how to re-utilize some of that land, so we knew there was interest then, it remains to be seen if they continue to be interested in the 12 acres now that the city owns it.